Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tax and spend CONservatives

Reality Check:
Harper’s tax record

Today at a campaign stop in Brampton, Stephen Harper tried to distract from his record on taxes with the bogus claim that Liberals would raise taxes on everything from energy use to iPods.

Here’s the reality:

* Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party do not support a carbon tax and will not introduce one.

* The Liberal Party has been unequivocal in its opposition to an iPod levy – We believe it is not sustainable in a world of changing technology, and is unpopular with consumers. Canadians are already using multipurpose media devices to listen to music, like Blackberries, iPhones, iPads and computer livestreaming, on which the levy would not apply. (Liberal press release, December 16, 2010)

The Conservatives, on the other hand, are the biggest-spending, biggest-borrowing government in Canadian history. Even as they raised spending by 18% in their first three years alone, the Conservatives also:

* raised the lowest personal income tax rate to 15.5% in 2006.

* announced a new 34% tax on income trusts in 2006.

* introduced a new tax on air travellers in 2010.

* hiked payroll taxes as of January 1, 2011.

* opened the door to future tax hikes – when asked whether or not the government would raise taxes down the road, Jim Flaherty said, “I would never presume to say ‘never’…” (January 26, 2011).


Liberal Party of Canada

1 comment:

Dr Mike said...

Ever since the man Harper reneged on his solemn promise not to tax income trusts & did , I have never been able to believe him.

Ever since he promised to protect the small trust investor from the Liberal hordes but screwed us himself , I have never been able to believe him.

Ever since this "used to be" Prime Minister used 18 blacked-out pages to justify his taxing of income trusts , I have never been able to believe him.

Ever since this so-called leader left us financially worse-off & maligned us as poor investors , I have never been able to believe him.

This guy is tramping across this country inciting fear against a "coalition" when it appears the only thing we should be afraid of is him.

Hopefully Canadians see the light before it is too late.

Dr Mike Popovich